Originally written on The 6th Sens  |  Last updated 4/9/12

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 10: Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 10, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Just last week, Sportsnet's Ian Mendes penned an article describing how this season represented what could perhaps be the ideal situation or best circumstances under which Daniel Alfredsson could retire. Last year at this time, Alfredsson seriously contemplated retirement when he was sidelined with an injury that required season-ending surgery. At the start of this season, he told me that he was going to approach this season like it was his last in the NHL, so you have to acknowledge that retirement is a very real possibility this summer.At the time, I kind of laughed it off (after pouring myself a stiff drink) thinking that much like the expectations surrounding the Ottawa Senators, the expectations for Daniel Alfredsson had probably never been lower. Coming off a season in which he put up career low numbers -- 31 points in 54 games played -- Alfredsson's back/hip issue compounded matters and no one knew how well (or if) he could bounce back. Instead of worrying about who his l...
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